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SLATE: Football news? In June?

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Odds and ends to get your June weekdays started right.

Hey, it’s Byron Pringle!
Hey, it’s Byron Pringle!
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Football

Yesterday, BracketCat got 10% of the way through the annual countdown, profiling defensive end Bronson Massie.

Former Manhattan High and current Wamego High running back Isiah Childs received an offer to come play linebacker at K-State last night.

Sean Collins, with some help from Ryan Black, has all the details over at the Mercury.

Charles Goldman at Chiefs Wire (a USA Today property) reports that the Kansas City Chiefs are ramping up their enthusiasm for second-year wideout Byron Pringle. Pringle missed last year due to an injury suffered during a stellar performance in the team’s final exhibition game, but he’s getting rave reviews from Chiefs assistant head coach Dave Toub and offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy.

Forbes’ David Ching went back and tabulated in what year every Power Five school had their most recent first-round NFL Draft pick. It’s dreadful news for K-State, who probably should have had one in 2019 but instead haven’t had one since 2009. Only seven Power Five schools have longer droughts, but at least we can console ourselves with the knowledge that three of those seven are Kansas, Northwestern, and Iowa State — which has now gone 46 years without a first-rounder. The only other Power Five school which hasn’t gotten a player taken on day one in this century is Indiana, currently on a 25-year skid.

Baseball

In 1991, Kevin McMullen helped lead Haysville Campus to their first Kansas state baseball championship. He went on to K-State, starting on the 1993 squad, before eventually returning to Campus as an assistant coach.

Ten days ago, Campus won their second state championship... with McMullen’s son Kaden throwing an inning of relief, coming in with two outs in the fifth and a runner on second after Lawrence Free State had tied the game. Hayden Barber has the full story in the Eagle.

Yordano Ventura would have been 28 today. We’re sort of depressed now.

Track and Field

Today’s Sports Extra features a Corbin McGuire profile of shot put specialist Taylor Latimer as she prepares for this weekend’s NCAA championships.